“Coconut oil contains large amounts of lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn. Pregnant and nursing mothers should eat coconut oil to increase the quality of the womb environment and breast milk” - Dr. Claudia Pillow
By now we are all familiar with the endless benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat (but not cholesterol since its plant sourced).
Lauric Acid is one out of several fatty chains that makes coconut oil so effective & comprises about 50% of the coconut! Other components of coconut oil include capric/caprylic acid (NON Greasy clear coconut oil), tocopherols & tocotrienols. These contain NATURAL Vitamin E lipids that act as potent anti-oxidants & assists in producing & maintaining healthy cell structures. As oppose to those synthetic vitamin E capsules & oils out there that actually do more harm then good in the long run. There are several ways of taking vitamin E supplements that are found in nature. But that is another blog!
In order to appreciate Lauric Acid & understand it's function, we need to first understand fatty acid chains! If I get into it all, I will turn this sweet blog into a lengthy chemistry lesson. Let's avoid that and give you this link along with a few facts YOU MUST know NOW!
(1) Oppose to popular belief, fats are actually necessary & very essential for brain development. Every oil & fat absorbs & gets stored differently in the body. You may have heard by now about good fats and bad fats. Real quick let's recap. Bad fat is animal fat (yes, it is, it contains high cholesterol and is a long chained acid). Too much or too little of these fats & others like hydrogenated oils like crisco, shortening, highly refined oils, etc. can cause cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, arthritis & more. Good fat is found in OLIVES, hemp seeds, coconuts, avocados, chia seeds, any cold-pressed oils & more. "There has been a lot of research lately discussing how the environment of the womb can affect the long-term health of the baby with respect to autism, allergies, asthma, food sensitivities and other chronic conditions. Coconut oil provides pregnant moms with a vital combination of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins that are so good for their babies. That’s also why infant formula usually contains coconut oil."
(2) Now what is the big deal with these oils? Aren't all fats just fat? Well, NO. Just how not all protein is created equal, neither is fat. We all know how Omega 3 & Omega 6 are beneficial for growing babies & even throughout life. Well, our bodies cannot produce these on its own and this is why we need to attain them from healthy raw fruits & veggies. Today, they add these synthetic vitamins to formula. But guess what? Too much of those synthetic vitamins contribute to adverse side effects, allergies, skin conditions & more. All protein & oils are comprised of amino acids. Proteins have exactly 9. Breast Milk contains the second highest amount of Lauric Acid, right next to coconut. This is one huge piece of evidence that reveals how important it is to nurse your child as long as possible! Pump it & bottle it! Allow them to enjoy human milk their whole life. Why not? After all, human breasts are meant to produce milk. Even women who have never had a baby nor are they pregnant, can start producing milk. I suspect this is simply because we are meant to drink human milk..logical no? American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published that lactating mothers who eat coconut oils/foods have significantly higher levels of lauric & capric acid in their breast milk. These acid chains produces milk rich in health promoting nutrients.
"Coconut oil is easy for an infant’s immature digestive system to absorb and utilize. It also provides energy in the form of medium chain fatty acids to help the baby grow and develop properly".
(3) Lauric Acid is a saturated medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), also known as, Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) with 12 carbon atoms. It cannot be found in nature on its own so its important to attain it from your food. MCT's go directly to your liver where it is easily absorbed & metabolized for immediate energy. Unlike BAD FATS (long chained) that get stored away as fat, harder for the body to break down & take days to turn into some sort of energy (this fat lingers in the hips & thighs) while damaging your endocrine levels which can contribute to fatigue, loss of interest & other symptoms that we all easily start to blame on aging.
(4) Pregnant & nursing women store fat to ascertain milk production. We can burn up to 500 calories a day simply breast feeding alone! Lauric acid & capric acid in the diet becomes part of the adipocytes. (Fat storage). Research proves how ONE meal with Coconut oil can increase lauric acid in human breast milk up to 3 times which lasts for several days, with the most milk being produced the first 10 hours!"
This data supports the hypothesis that diet directly affects the quality of human milk & womb environment".
WOW! Upon learning this, I reached for my Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and took a heaping spoon full. I have been producing breast milk for almost 20 months now. Long have I forgotten what a strong down feels like. Well, not only is my milk strong & flows steady but I can FEEL it all the way up to my armpits & my son is literally chugging away! So I started drinking coconut milk again. But not that synthetic, already made stuff you buy at the store. You must get the vegan POWDER from Native Forest. I also use this when making my soaps!
There are several studies constantly coming out & knowledge must always be updated. Mother nature has proven to me over & over how everything we need is literally found in plants & how plants actually communicate this with us by mimicking themselves to one or more of our organs or body parts. Like oats resemble nervous system, coconuts resembles a human breast and so on. If you are pregnant, nursing or just seeking a healthy lifestyle, please remember that we are all part of the change & we must start somewhere. New habits are created & with practice they drown out the bad habits.
You are never too old or too young to start taking care of yourself. It takes 10 minutes to read an article that may add 10 years to your life. Moral of the story: EVERYONE can benefit from coconut oil.
I buy mines from Carrington Farms & the best coconut water comes from Thailand & its pink! Try some of Harmless Harvest to try what real coconut water tastes like for those of us deprived; Like I was. You don't have to get these online either, most stores sell them. So join me on this journey. Buy a magic bullet or other food processor (I say magic bullet because its the cheapest & most effective), buy organic greens, frozen or fresh organic fruits, coconut water & oil. Get fancy & buy 100% Pure Hawaiian Spirulina, raw hemp seeds or tahini (toasted sesame butter) & start with one smoothie a day!
Don't change what you eat unless its fast food. Simply INCORPORATE fresh, organic, raw fruits & veggies to your daily meals & snacks while sprouting your beans & nuts. Little by little we can do this. One decent REAL smoothie for breakfast a day will lead you to slowly replacing a few meals. Before you know it, you'll be fully rested after sleeping 6-8 hours, have more energy, be flexible, better memory, better attention span, stronger bones, no more crazy food cravings & you will slowly evolve into a healthier version of yourself. Going vegan has saved my life & my baby is a happy healthy vegan baby.
(I am not a affiliated with any products or brands. They are simply what I personally use & have found to be the best so far in a consumer setting).